Festival News 2006 - Web Magazine of the 36th Tampere Film Festival

Sunday 12 March 2006

Triumphant documentaries - an experimental French film claimed the Grand Prix

Titta Pulkkinen
Translation: Hanna Niemi
Photos: Samuli Huttunen

International jury

The judges of the international competition praised the high quality of the competing films. The jury consisted of the Swedish Thom Palmen, the Russian-Norwegian Pjotr Sapegin, the Finnish Erja Dammert, the Pakistani Maheen Zia and the Brazilian Francisco Cesar Filho.

The Grand Prix of Tampere Film Festival has gone for the first time to an experimental film. The award was handed to Jean-Gabriel Periot for his film Even if she had been a criminal.... The film depicts the summer of 1944 in France when women are punished publicly for having affairs with Germans during the war. According to the judges, the film attests to the fact that not even heroes show grace to those seeking forgiveness.

Documentaries scoop all the awards  

Thirty-three films took part in the Finnish competition. Documentaries were well represented among the awarded films, six of which were documentaries.

In the category of Finnish films under 30 minutes, the Grand Prix went to Miia Tervo’s documentary Hylje (A Seal), which is a story about abortion. The judges praised the documentary’s sensitive and non-problem-oriented approach to the subject and applauded its fresh and effortless narration.

The Finnis jury

The Finnish judges Kari Juusonen, Kirsi Kinnunen and Johanna Vuoksenmaa found many excellent documentaries from the competition.

The success of documentary films can not necessarily be explained simply by their superiority in comparison to other films, but also by their larger offer. In fact, the judges of the Finnish competition voiced their regret for the lack of short films, especially fictions.

– Where are all the professional producers of short films? Demands Kirsi Kinnunen, one of the judges of the Finnish competition.

Animation on the rise  

The animation Elukka (Animal) by Tatu Pohjavirta received a special prize in the Finnish competition for the under 30 minutes. The judges praised the high quality of contemporary animation.

– Animation is advancing onward and upward. The development in education in the field can already be seen in productions, says Kari Juusonen, one of the judges of the Finnish competition.

A documentary film straight from the evening news  

The very topical film Kone 17 (Paper promises) won over the judges and was granted the Grand Prix of the Finnish competition for the over 30-minute films to the delight of the film’s makers Issu Huovinen, Leo Märkälä, Heta Partanen, Ilona Reiniharju, Eija Romppanen, Mika Suikkanen ja Pentti Taipale.

The film is a story about closing down the Voikkaa paper mill and the repercussions that ensued.

– The numbers in the headlines about closing down the mill get such identifiable faces that it is difficult to be indifferent to any shutdown news after watching this, the jury explains its choice.

A matter of opinion  

The judges of the international competition complimented the participating films for their high quality. One of the judges, Thom Palmen, emphasizes that putting films in order of superiority is a matter of opinion.

– I saw bad films, too. The kinds I didn’t like at all, Palmen chuckles.

The judges all sing the praises of the fruitful conversations they have been able to take part in during the film festival. They assure they chose the winners unanimously.

Updated 12 March 2006 16:53

Festival News 2006
Sunday 12th March